Dear all

I had the pleasure of sharing 3 years of my graduate studies
with Kevin at Bill Marras' Biodynamics lab at OSU. Kevin was one of the
senior members of the lab when I started. I am fond of those days
because the lab was a very nurturing environment, between the
outstanding faculty mentors and all of the graduate students who were
part of the lab. My first memory of Kevin was seeing him sitting in the
corner workstation in the computer lab, working away on developing the
Visual C++ code for the EMG-driven low back model. I shouldn't say just
the first memory - it was many memories, because Kevin was always the
first one there in the morning - and I don't know if he ever got up from
that workstation during the day. Even then, Kevin was the consumate
professional and that work ethic, intellect, and motivation has
permeated his work.

My last memories of Kevin occurred during the ASB meeting in
Blacksburg last fall. Kevin was a gracious host who spent time with
everyone despite his many responsibilities. Many of us toured the labs
of Kevin and his colleagues in the very same building where the
shootings occurred, which makes it even more difficult to comprehend.
Kevin always displayed a true excitement when he was talking about his
research, and it was no different then. His excitement and joy about his
research was matched only by his pride and excitement while he was
talking about his family. You could tell that Kevin loved his family.

Kevin will be greatly missed.

Patrick Sparto